What Scott Walker, Syriza and Putin Have in Common | Clarissa’s Blog
It’s a common recourse. “I’m not getting what I think I need, so I need to start squeezing the teet a lot more.” An attempt to bypass thinking is symptomatic of this day and age. There’s no “Why didn’t I get what I expected?” There’s no “Why did I go to a site called Intellectual Shamanism and then get upset when I did not find New Age shamanism, which would have appealed to my emotional and ideological proclivities?” There’s just the bashing and demand that I shut things down. The weakness of intellectuals is that we often try to impart our knowledge. That makes consumer types think that this inclination is compulsive on our parts. It isn’t though. We can enjoy our knowledge without having to impart it. The assumptions of the low brow and middle brow types that people capable of higher thinking are nonetheless motivated by the same drives as they — that is a need to dominate and/or gain social recognition — is false.
Those who make false assumptions need to bear the consequences for those.